Tottenham Hotspur have agreed terms with Romanian side Steaua Bucharest to buy Vlad Chiriches. The centre back and Romanian international looks set to move to London after the two sides agreed terms for the 23-year-old.
Chiriches looks to break the Romanian club’s record, with the club’s general manager Mihai Stoica advising that the transfer fee had been set at £8.2million.
Bucharest coach Laurentiu Reghecampf said: “The clubs have agreed on the transfer and I am happy for him.”
Chiriches began his youth career at LPS Bacau before making the switch to Ardealul Cluj, were he played with fellow future Romanian internationals Mihai Rafut and Alexandru Maxim. In 2007 he moved to Estadio Da Luz and Benfica, still as a youth player. The following year he made the jump to senior football when he returned to Romania and joined International Curtea de Arges in the domestic league. Interestingly the club itself had an incredibly short existence. Only founded in 2000, the club dissolved in 2011.
His time at the Stadionul Municipal was a success though after his year in Portugal. In 2009 he helped the Arges County side to promotion to the top flight. His performances for the club, which saw him make 41 appearances and score one goal, eventually earned him a move to Pandurii Targu Jiu in 2010.
His time at the Horj county side was also a successful one which again saw him a solid presence in the side, playing 39 times in the one season. His performances were again impressive enough to secure another move, this time to Steaua Bucharest. The move saw him a regular again, making 42 appearances for the side. He also gained some valuable European experience. Chiriches scored in the group stage and Bucharest qualified for the last 16 game against Chelsea, with the London side proving too strong in the tie.
The 23-year-old has also solidified his place in Victor Piturca’s Romanian national side. He made his debut against Luxembourg in September 2011 in a Euro 2012 qualifier. He has gone on to play 19 times for his country.
Chiriches will add competition to the centre back berth at Spurs, as Andre Villas -Boas continues the impressive signing spree in light of the inevitable move of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Villas-Boas will be disappointed with how Chelsea have secured the signature of Anzhi player Willian from under their noses, with the Brazilian having already completed a medical with the north London side. However there will be consolation in the signature of a promising and solid player in Chiriches.